Michael Collins

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Peadar Tóibín: “What we got is a few bob here and there for rural schemes, rural schemes that amount to nothing more than social welfare for rural Ireland, enough to survive but never enough for a vibrant regional balance.” File photograph: Collins

A “circuit breaker” is needed to deal with Ireland’s lopsided regional development but rural Ireland only got “a few bob here and there” in the budget(...)

Michael Collins TD, a fan of carrying  the clear plastic visor, pictured during outside Leinster House on Tuesday with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Under the circumstances, Mary Lou McDonald was probably the right person in the right place when two aerosols from Kerry began discharging indiscrimin(...)

 Michael Healy-Rae pictured at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae angrily rejected claims in the Dáil by the Taoiseach that he approached Mass goers at churches in Kerry about bus tra(...)

Opposition politicians called for Séamus Woulfe to resign as judge of the Supreme Court when the controversy first broke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is unease among the judiciary, intense interest in the Law Library, trepidation in Government Buildings and impatience among the Opposition. Al(...)

John Lynch  was shot dead by a raiding party of self-described ‘military’, who later claimed they had acted in self-defence. The hotel’s night porter told a different story.

In its “From the Archives” section on Wednesday, the London Times mentioned the strange circumstances in which one John Lynch, from Kilmallock, Co Lim(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

Foley’s on the Mall in Lismore, Co Waterford. Caitlin and Eugene Lyons bought their pub seven years ago and ‘poured [their] hearts and souls into it’.

The owners of Foley’s in Lismore, Co Waterford could teach the world a thing or two about bad timing. Caitlin and Eugene Lyons bought their pub seven(...)

The particular problem of ‘freedom’ in the Brexit project is that you can’t free yourself from imaginary oppression. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

What has brought the UK to the point of openly declaring its intention to break international law is not just English nationalism. It is the strangely(...)

Séamus Woulfe. ‘You don’t engage Michael Collins or John Rogers if you are about to throw the white towel into the ring,’ said one legal source. Photograph: Alan Betson

Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe’s recruitment of a senior lawyer is seen in legal circles as the former attorney general “digging in to fight his co(...)

Children praying in front of what were believed to be blessed statues at Dwane's in Templemore. As news of apparent miracles and cures spread, up to 15,000 people per day made the pilgrimage to the town.

On August 16th, 1920, in the midst of the War of Independence, District Insp William Wilson of the Royal Irish Constabulary, or RIC, was shot dead in (...)

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